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David Carter

Minister mouthpiece for dirty dairy

Horizons Regional Council in the central North Island has done what all regional councils should do. It has taken its responsibilities to the public as outlined in the Resource Management Act seriously. Horizons came up with a plan which will reduce the damage to the environment caused by farming, horticulture and power generation. Horizon’s ‘One […]

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shiblo

Does Labour have a hobbit as leader?

By Susan Guthrie and Geoff Simmons  Bilbo Baggins and David Shearer have a lot in common, not least the preference for a quiet life. “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!” But a comfortable life is a lesser thing, as Bilbo Baggins […]

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100% Pure New Zealand Fantastical as dragons and wizards

100% muddled earth

In this its second term, a yawning gap has appeared between the actions of National and the clean and green rhetoric it trots out on the international stage. Our 100% Pure image has most recently been called out by the New York Times who called it as “fantastical as dragons and wizards” – a reference […]

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Dirty dairy in New Zealand

Federated Farmers need to own their shit

The problem with Conor English is that he stubbornly refuses to answer the charge that Fed Farmers think that it is a birthright for its members to vandalise the environment and smash the rights of others, all for the pursuit of profit. Nothing wrong with profit of course, it’s the market measure, but when it […]

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Myself, Paul Collins & the Hammer

Welnix and the Hurricanes

As you may have seen in the media Welnix, the group that I am involved in which owns the Wellington Phoenix, has just bought a stake in the Wellington Hurricanes. The investment in the Hurricanes is very much a Welnix investment and not a Phoenix investment but benefits should accrue to The Phoenix, through cross-code […]

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Housing boom figures should convince government to put its hands back on the steering wheel

Housing boom figures should convince government to put its hands back on the steering wheel

Guest post by Bernard Hickey There’s a tipping point for any pragmatic policy-maker where the facts change to such an extent as to render any existing strategy redundant. Depression-era economist John Maynard Keynes explained his change of mind on monetary policy after the Depression thus: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do […]

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